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Bombay High Court terms policemen ‘soft targets’

The bench of judges was hearing the petition that had sought quashing of an FIR against the young man for assaulting and misbehaving with police officers.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
February 24, 2016 12:53:57 am
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Refusing to entertain a petition filed by a young man alleging assault by police officers, the Bombay High Court said the police were “soft target” if they did something and were blamed if they didn’t.

Justice Ranjit More and Justice V L Achliya were hearing the petition that had sought quashing of an FIR against the young man for assaulting and misbehaving with police officers. The petitioner is preparing for his Indian Administrative Services exams.

According to the petitioner, he and his friend, a chartered accountant, had gone to a club in Colaba on December 31, 2015, to party. It said they were waiting outside the club — as his friend was not feeling well — for a cab, when two police officers allegedly asked them to go inside the club or they would hit him. They eventually assaulted him, claimed the petitioner’s lawyer Pradeep Havnur.

“The police officers also made comments on the way his friend was dressed, who is from a respectable family and was wearing a knee-length skirt. The petitioner said they were not ‘ghatis’ and were therefore dressed up for the occasion,” said Havnur, alleging the officers were drunk too. He said such an FIR would blemish the reputation of the man who was preparing for the IAS exam.

“The use of the word ‘ghati’ is taken as an abuse in Mumbai,” said Justice Achliya, adding that there was no need to use the word during the exchange of words with the police. The judge further enquired how much alcohol the petitioner had consumed that night.

“You (petitioner) further threatened the officers telling them that you will file a complaint with the Deputy Commissioner of Police while informing them that you were appearing for IAS exams. Police are soft target even if they do something. If they don’t, they are blamed for that,” said Justice Achliya.
Refusing to entertain the petition, the court said the submission by the petitioner denying the chain of events that night could not be accepted.

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